Kobe, Japan, January 12, 2011 -- Beth Zimmerman (second from left), Deputy Associate Administrator, Response and Recovery, and counterparts from Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam share information on pre-recovery disaster planning. The International Recovery Platform 2011 Forum hosted 26 countries, 150 participants and 10 international organizations to share best practices and lessons learned on pre- and post- disaster planning.
Today representatives from Japan, the Republic of Haiti, the Union of Myanmar, the Philippines and the Asian Development Bank will share their recent experiences on the importance of pre-disaster planning for better post disaster recovery and rehabilitation at the International Recovery Forum 2011 being held this week in Kobe, Japan.
I will be speaking about FEMA's ongoing efforts regarding the coordination and development of the Disaster Recovery Framework. The Forum’s host, the International Recovery Platform (IRP), works to determine the gaps in the recovery process and develops solutions to address those gaps. Today I will hear from many international experts about the benefits and options of pre-disaster recovery planning; key lessons from recent recovery operations and the application of those lessons for the next disaster; other nations' plans for recovery and an update from Yves Robert Jean, Director General in the Republic of Haiti's Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation.
This meeting emphasizes the fact that there is a wealth of experience and expertise that governments and organizations can share to improve how we prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. The IRP is working to document, compile and share deliverables from the forum on its website: Recoveryplatform.org. Check it out.